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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 weeks ago

The year before it changed to AD?

Was there a system to designate years before what we call BC changed to AD? And, if so, what year was it when the switch happened? I know, to us, it was 1 BC, but I can't imagine anyone anticipated the change before it happened.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Even today different societies/cultures have different calendars

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    This system didn't become the calendar until 1582...

  • 3 weeks ago

    The Gregorian Calendar that uses the BC/AD system of dating wasn't devised until the 6th Century AD. 

    When Jesus was supposedly born the Roman Empire counted that year as 754 AUC, which stands for "Ab(=from) urbe(=city) condita(=founding)".

    The Jewish calendar, counting from when they think God created Adam, would mark 1AD as the 3,760th year.

    Another method of year counting was based on who held the primary office in government. So, again for Rome, 1AD would have been the year in which Gaius Caesar(Emperor Augustus' grandson) and Lucius Aemilius Paullus were consules. In Athens Lakon served as eponymous arkhon.

  • 3 weeks ago

    The calendar era before and under the Roman kings is uncertain but dating by regnal years was common in antiquity. Under the Roman Republic, from 509 BC, years were most commonly described in terms of their reigning ordinary consuls. The essentially complete list of Roman consuls allows general certainty of years back to the establishment of the republic.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    There were lots of different calendar systems in different societies.  Jews, for example, used a calendar based on the theoretical date of the creation of the world thousands of years ago.  Rome used a calendar based on the foundation of the city. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Even today different societies/cultures have different calendars.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    What JohnP said. For example, in the parts of what's now China that were ruled by the Han Dynasty at that time what we call 1 BC or 1 BCE was officially "the 2nd year of the Yuanshou reign." 

  • John P
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    3 weeks ago

    The dating system deriving from the supposed year of birth of Jesus did not come into force anywhere until about 300 years after the death of Jesus. His actual year of birth is unknown within a range of about 10 years. Favourite at the moment is 7 BC.

    In those times dates were usually noted from the date of a city being founded, e.g. Rome, approx 750 BC, or an emperor etc being made monarch, or similar important event.

    It is purely a matter of chance that the Christian system has become a world-wide system, though other systems are still in use internally within some countries and communities.

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